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As it happened: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI


Cricketnext Staff
Dec 26, 2013 at 12:11am IST

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TOSS: Sri Lanka op to bat.

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Trailing 1-2 in the five-match series, Sri Lanka must beat Pakistan who have opted to go in with an unchanged eleven.

As it happened: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI

Hafeez scored his third hundred in four matches as Pakistan won the five-match series 3-1, with one more match to go.

Pakistan have appeared the more confident team in the first three games, thanks to their skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and comeback pacer Umar Gul. Sri Lanka have appeared pale in comparison except for the second ODI that they won.

Pakistan have gone in with an unchanged eleven while Suranga Lakmal has replaced Seekuge Prasanna for Sri Lanka. Also, Ashan Priyanjan and Kithuruwan Vithanage are in for Dimuth Karunatatne and Thisara Perera.

Playing XIs:

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal (wk), Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan

Sri Lanka: T Dilshan, K Perera, K Sangakkara, D Chandimal, A Mathews, A Priyanjan, K Vithanage, N Kulasekara, S Senanayake

Commentary (Pakistan 1st Innings)

The series may be gone but Sri Lanka will look to salvage some pride by trying to win the last ODI between the two sides before the Test series begins. So that's it from all of us here today, do join for the final ODI on 27th December,2013. Until then, it's good bye, take care!

Mohammad Hafeez was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant hundred. It's been a very good comeback for him after the poor series against South Africa.

This is the 7th ODI series win for Pakistan this year and how well have they played in this series! They have been comprehensive and outplayed Sri Lanka in all the departments of the game and take the series.

The players shake hands as Pakistan take the series 3-1! Hafeez once again continued his love affair with the Lankans as he scored his 9th ODI hundred to set up the chase. Shehzad and Maqsood contributed well with small knocks as Sharjeel was out early. Sri Lankan bowlers had no answers to the Pakistani batsmen. They bowled as many as eight bowlers but still could not save the series.

41.1 T Dilshan to S Maqsood, Pakistan win! Tossed up on leg, Maqsood takes a single to mid-wicket to win the match! PAKISTAN WIN BY 8 WICKETS! 226/2

40.6 A Priyanjan to M Hafeez, On the off, Hafeez pushes it to covers. 225/2

40.5 A Priyanjan to M Hafeez, Floated on middle, Hafeez plays it to covers. 225/2

40.4 A Priyanjan to M Hafeez, Tossed up on off, Hafeez cuts it again straight to point. Just 1 run needed! 225/2

40.3 A Priyanjan to M Hafeez, Floated outside off, Hafeez plays it point. 225/2

40.2 A Priyanjan to M Hafeez, Tossed up on middle, Hafeez blocks it. 225/2

40.1 A Priyanjan to M Hafeez, Floated on off, Hafeez defends it. 225/2

40.1 A Priyanjan to M Hafeez, FIVE WIDES! Drifts it wide down the leg side, Hafeez lets it go, the keeper fumbles to collect as the ball races away to the fine leg fence. The umpire signals it five wides! 225/2

Priyanjan to bowl what may be the last over of the match!

Pakistan just need 6 runs to win the match and series!

39.6 T Dilshan to S Maqsood, FOUR! Poor fielding! Tossed up outside off, Maqsood punches it through covers for a boundary. The fielder in the deep misfields to allow the ball to go to the boundary. 220/2

39.5 T Dilshan to S Maqsood, Flat on off, Maqsood blocks it. 216/2

39.4 T Dilshan to M Hafeez, Floated on middle, Hafeez takes a single to mid-wicket. 216/2

39.3 T Dilshan to S Maqsood, Floated on off, Maqsood comes down the track and takes a single. 100-run stand between these two! 215/2

39.2 T Dilshan to S Maqsood, FOUR BYES! Floated outside off, Maqsood misses his drive. Sangakkara fails to collect as the ball goes under his legs through to the fine leg fence. The umpire signals it four byes. 214/2

39.1 T Dilshan to M Hafeez, Tossed up on middle, Hafeez turns it to leg side for a single. 210/2

Dilshan back to bowl!

38.6 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Pitched up on off, Maqsood pushes it to covers. 209/2

38.5 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Fuller outside off, Maqsood drives it short extra cover. 209/2

38.4 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, FOUR! Shot! Fuller on the stumps, Maqsood drives it delightfully down the ground for a boundary. 209/2

38.3 S Lakmal to M Hafeez, Fuller outside off, Hafeez dabs it through the off side for a single. 205/2

38.2 S Lakmal to M Hafeez, Good length on middle, Hafeez turns it to the leg side. 204/2

38.1 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Short on middle, Maqsood helps it on its way to long leg for a single. 204/2

37.6 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Flatter on the stumps, Maqsood drives it to mid on for a single. 203/2

37.5 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Tossed up on middle, Hafeez turns it to the on side. The batsmen cross for a run. 202/2

37.4 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Floated on leg, Maqsood takes a single to square leg. 201/2

37.3 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Flatter on off, Maqsood drives it back towards the bowler who parries it to mid off. 200/2

37.2 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Tossed up on leg, Hafeez takes a single to the on side for a run. 200/2

37.1 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Floated on middle, Hafeez works it to the leg side for a couple of runs. 199/2

36.6 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Fuller on the pads, Maqsood defends it. 197/2

36.5 S Lakmal to M Hafeez, Good length outside off, Hafeez drive it from his crease for a single to covers. 400 runs for Hafeez in this series. 197/2

36.4 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Shorter on middle, Maqsood gets up on his toes and turns it towards mid-wicket for a single. 196/2

36.3 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Yorker on leg, Maqsood digs it out towards the leg side. 195/2

36.2 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Low full toss on middle, Maqsood plays it to point with an angled bat. 195/2

36.1 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Fuller on off, Maqsood drives it to covers off his front foot. 195/2

35.6 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Floated on off, Maqsood drives it firmly to mid off. The misfield allows them to cross for a single. 195/2

35.5 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Loopy outside off, Maqsood looks to drive but gets an outside edge past short third man for a couple of runs. 194/2

35.4 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Tossed up on middle, Hafeez clips it to mid-wicket for a single. 192/2

35.3 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Tossed up on off, Maqsood plays it to the off side for a single. 191/2

35.2 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, FOUR! Bang! Floated outside off, Maqsood drives it hard through covers for a boundary. 190/2

35.1 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Floated on middle, Hafeez clips it to mid-wicket for a single. 186/2

Batting Power Play will be enforced now! Pakistan need only 41 runs in 15 overs! Senanayake to bowl now....

34.6 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Fuller outside off, Maqsood plays it to mid on with the inside half of the bat. 185/2

34.5 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, Yorker on middle, Maqsood does well it drive it back to the bowler. 185/2

34.4 S Lakmal to S Maqsood, FOUR! Shot! Touch short outside off, Maqsood punches it off his back foot through covers for a boundary. 185/2

34.3 S Lakmal to M Hafeez, Good length on middle, Hafeez pulls it through mid-wicket for a single. 181/2

34.2 S Lakmal to M Hafeez, Touch short on middle, Hafeez defends it down the track. 180/2

34.1 S Lakmal to M Hafeez, Good length on middle, Hafeez defends it. 180/2

Lakmal to bowl now!

Drinks break!

33.6 T Dilshan to S Maqsood, SIX! BOOM! Floated on off, Maqsood stays in his crease and lofts the ball over the long off fence for a biggie. 180/2

33.5 T Dilshan to M Hafeez, Floated on the stumps, Hafeez takes a single to covers. 174/2

33.4 T Dilshan to S Maqsood, Floated on the stumps, Maqsood takes a single down the ground. 173/2

33.3 T Dilshan to M Hafeez, Flatter on the stumps, Hafeez takes a single to mid-wicket. 172/2

9th ODI hundred for Hafeez!

33.2 T Dilshan to M Hafeez, FOUR! CENTURY! Floated on leg, Hafeez clips it fine past fine leg to the boundary. He now has 3 hundreds against Sri Lanka in this series! He is jubilant with the century and celebrates by taking blessings off the pitch! The professor is back! 171/2

33.1 T Dilshan to M Hafeez, Flatter on the stumps, Hafeez defends it. 167/2

32.6 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Flat on leg, Maqsood blocks it. 167/2

32.5 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Tossed up on middle, Hafeez takes a single to the off side. 167/2

32.4 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Flatter on the stumps, Hafeez defends it. 166/2

32.3 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Floated on middle, keeps very low, Hafeez does well to keep it out. 166/2

32.2 S Senanayake to S Maqsood, Tossed up on the stumps, Maqsood defends it to the leg side for one. 5-run stand between the two! 166/2

32.1 S Senanayake to M Hafeez, Floated on off, Hafeez takes a single to covers off his back foot. 165/2

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